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BRETT WILLIS’s HOTTIE OF THE WEEK – George Michael

January 13th, 2013

GEORGE MICHAELSENSATIONAL songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, Grammy Award winning multi Number One album & single selling solo singer and funky frontman for 1980′s super group WHAM!, with hits including WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO, CARELESS WHISPER & TOO FUNKY, and in 2010 completed his massive worldwide 114 show “Live” tour in Australia!FUN FACT: In 1984 George Michael sang as part of BAND AID on the charity single DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? for famine relief in Ethiopia, scoring the coveted #1 spot on the UK music charts over Christmas and holding Michael’s own song LAST CHRISTMAS by WHAM! at #2! Michael donated the royalties from LAST CHRISTMAS to BAND AID and dynamically dueted with Elton John @ LIVE AID (the 1985 BAND AID charity concert)!
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Sydney’s Financial Hubs Get An Injection Of Rustic Italian Cuisine

March 20th, 2012

‘JANUS’ is Sydney’s answer to two brand new contemporary CBD bistro’s known for their delectable house made, rustic Italian cuisine and Apertivi cocktails. Located within Sydney’s newest CBD financial hubs, one JANUS venue is located within the lobby of the prestigious and ‘green’ No 1 Bligh Street building with bar located alongside the green wall outside, the other within Darling Quarter underneath the new Commonwealth Bank building.

You can enjoy a wholehearted breakfast, lunch and after work or anytime drinks within these authentic yet contemporary Italian inspired venues. The Michael family own JANUS (ex Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, Chifley Plaza) and they believe in ‘enjoying life to its fullest as you only live once’. This philosophy is evident not only in their delicious food but the uplifting and energetic atmosphere you will experience when visiting these prestigious locations.

JANUS’ stand out pizzas each made of house made ingredients are the creation of Melbourne chef, Kaz Derbas (ex Hugo’s Pizza, pictured above) and his delicious cakes and pastries such as the Italian baked ricotta tart, strawberry celina and everyone’s favourite, Tiramisu, are all made fresh daily in Janus’ on site pastry kitchen. For breakfast you can enjoy simple favourites such as ‘organic five grain porridge’ or an ‘Italian omelette with Persian feta, Tomato Confit & basil’ or for lunch, small plates such as ‘Caprese di Bufala’, ‘Fiori di Zucca’. For something more substantial the ‘Zuppa Di Cozze’ (South Australian mussels in tomato, basil, garlic & white wine broth), ‘Linguine con cozze e Gamberetti’ or the ‘Pappardelle Al Ragu Di Angnello e Pecorino Sardo’ are stand out dishes.

The No 1 Bligh Street building, owned and developed by the DEXUS property group has a huge commitment to sustainability , 1 Bligh has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v2 Certified rating, the highest Green Star rating score in Sydney/NSW. This rating has achieved the maximum allowable five points for innovation in categories such as environmental design initiative and exceeding Green Star benchmarks. JANUS also contributes to this by operating sustainable practices involving recycling throughout their daily set up.

So whether it’s a 1 meter timber board, Antipasto platter and bottle of Italian vino with friends, coffee and a Tiramisu catch up with your sister or after work Negroni’s with colleagues, JANUS has it covered for a modernistic Italian culinary experience on the fly!

For more information visit www.janus-sydney.com.au, opening hours are Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 7pm.

JANUS Bligh St is located at Retail 1 & 2, 1 Bligh St, Sydney and JANUS Darling Quarter is located at 15/1-25 Harbour St, Sydney.

Janus

CARTOON ENTERTAINMENT ICON – Kylie Minogue

January 30th, 2012

POPULAR touring performer and the biggest selling solo artist in Australian chart history, singer, recording artist, songwriter and actress who shot to fame portraying tomboy mechanic “Charlene” on popular TV soap Neighbours winning her multiple Logie Awards, her first single LOCO-MOTION spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian charts and was the highest selling single of the 1980′s, spectacularly performed at the closing ceremony of 2000 Sydney Olympics, sensationally headlined the 1994 Sydney gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, is a celebrated breast cancer survivor, winner of multiple ARIA & Brit Awards, winner of the 2004 Best Dance Recording Grammy Award for COME INTO MY WORLD, received an OBE at Buckingham Palace in 2008 and in 2011 was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard… KYLIE MINOGUE!

FUN FACTS: Kylie is regarded as a gay icon, which she encourages with comments such as “I am not a traditional gay icon. There’s been no tragedy in my life, only tragic outfits…”

KYLIE MINOGUE Limited Edition Print available at TOONARAMA – The Exhibition @ ArtBoy Gallery January 12 – 29

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TOONARAMA – The Exhibition @ ArtBoy Gallery January 12 – 29 – MELBOURNE

January 5th, 2012

A caricature collection of the famous and infamous… incredible icons, cool celebrities, sexy sports stars, community cuties and fabulous friends as featured @ facebook phenomenon TOONARAMA!

TOONARAMA – The Exhibition features limited edition digital artwork caricature prints by 2012 Midsumma Festival Premier Artist for Stonnington – cartoonist BRETT WILLIS.

The cast of CARTOON HOTTIE caricatures include Pop Princess Kylie Minogue, Olympic Diver Matt Mitchum, Music Icons Madonna & George Michael, Drag Legends Kerrie Le Gore, Barbra Quicksand & Doug Lucas, Music Guru Ian “Molly” Meldrum, Melbourne STORM rugby player Cooper Cronk, Underwear Model Nick Bracks, Comedian Josh Thomas, Politician Penny Wong and more… plus a special tribute to Vivien St James!

Growing up in the 80′s on a diet of trashy U.S. sitcoms, glamorous Angel detectives, buff mutant superheroes and controversial Material Girl video clips, Melbourne Freelance Cartoonist BRETT WILLIS developed an insatiable taste for Popular Culture and the cult of Celebrity.

Inspired to draw as a child by comic book superhero artwork, Brett’s first published work was at age 12 in Larry Pickering’s book CARTOONS BY AUSTRALIAN KIDS, and has since produced an extensive variety of cartoon and illustration work for children’s books, TV show merchandise, magazines, newspapers, websites, corporate promotions, caricature commissions and has had successful solo exhibitions showcasing his “bright, bold and sexy cartoon style”.

Cartoon clients include pyjama designs for Peter Alexander Sleepwear, Licensed merchandise for hit children’s TV shows Hi-5 & Cushion Kids, Illustrations for Educational Workbooks, Little Golden Books, Virgin, Genesis & Re.Creation Health Clubs, Banner caricatures for Brisbane Lions & West Coast Eagles AFL clubs, Illustrations for MCV newspaper, DNA & Qantas magazines and regular newspaper spot illustrations, cartoon strips and covers with CARTOON HOTTIES featuring on style blog AdrianErdedi.com

TOONARAMA – The Exhibition Opening Night
Thursday 12th January 6-8pm
ArtBoy Gallery
99 Greville Street, Prahran.
T: 03 99398993

www.artboygallery.com

Open Monday – Friday 10 to 6pm
Saturday – 10 to 5pm
Sunday – 11 to 4pm

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Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria Grand Opening Launch Party – QVB

October 7th, 2010

Demelza Reverly and Rebecca Jobson

Stefano and George Michael

Stefano and George Michael (Owner)

A brilliant crowd of 200 turned up to celebrate the grand opening of Bacco QVB on Tuesday night and enjoyed themselves eating all house made Italian delights from the Bacco kitchen, there was a Charcutterie and fresh pasta tables and Bacco’s house made pastries and cakes where plentiful. It would have been impossible to count the trays of delightful food coming out to the guests – there was just so much food and drink, it was like it never stopped!

Adrian Erdedi and Bianca Venuti

Adrian Erdedi and Bianca Venuti

Guests drank cocktails sponsored by Campari and St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, wine and beer by Peroni.

The night was a celebration of all things Italian with the Songsmiths performing live, Italian Vespas on show in green/red and white plus all the very gorgeous authentic Italian barstaff all dressed by Voi Fashion (Roberto Cavalli). Everyone invited was asked to wear a splash of red, which naturally I did. But who was voted best dressed? Yes – yours truly! My stunning partner Bianca Venuti was subtly capped off with a pretty red rose.

With all the food, drinks, entertainment and great company, it was hard to make everyone leave and the party kicked on till 10pm to celebrate the opening of Bacco’s sister venue, 2nd floor of the QVB building where they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, also serving Italian styled high tea as something a little extra to Bacco’s Chifley Tower venue.

Check out the review on Bacco HERE

Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, QVB

BACCO WINE BAR Pasticceria – Now Open In The Beautiful QVB!

October 7th, 2010

Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, known for their delectable home made cakes, pastas, canapé’s and Italian Apertivi cocktails just opened its doors to its second CBD venue located on the second floor of the spectacular Queen Victoria Building. Open 7 days, there’s nothing better then stepping into authentic Italian glamour, enjoying breakfast, lunch or a dinner of house made Italian fare. Maybe you just feel like a glass of wine at the beautiful bar or simply relax and enjoy an Italian Style high tea.

Owner, George Michael, was inspired to create Bacco throughout a trip to Italy. Simplistic yet stylish; Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, QVB is on the second floor of the glorious QVB building. Like its sister venue in the Chifley Plaza, Bacco QVB features marble floors and benchtops, polished timber features and the iconic imported Italian grape lights and surrounding triple windows.

Everything is house made, including the pastas, risottos, sauces, cakes and chocolate, not to mention the ingredients used in the upmarket cocktails. The bar menu includes spicy home-made Italian meatballs, cured kingfish with orange spring herbs and pan toasted brioche and a mint sautéed king prawns with crispy vegetables and vanilla scented olive oil.

For dessert, Bacco’s extraordinary pastry Chef, Brendan Dewar produces every cake and pastry on site plus Bacco’s own hot chocolate recipe, made from pure Belgium Calvatore Chocolate. Bacco’s high tea features Italian sandwiches, sweet and savoury petite gateaux served with a fine selection of tea’s or choice or Campari high tea with a Campari cocktail.

Bacco’s creative Italian menu is complimented by a carefully chosen wine list featuring old and new world classic wines well matched to the simple Italian fare at Bacco.

The cocktail list, conceptualized by Bacco’s Italian bar team ranges from a traditional Bellini to the house speciality, Giorgio Il Bello, a true aperitif from Venice, made with Aperol, elderflower and pinot grigio spritzed with homemade lemonade, served in a glass rimmed with handcrafted orange rhubarb dust. Exclusive cocktail making courses are also on offer to learn the secret to making premium Italian cocktails.

Whether it is a Panini at lunch with a colleague, high tea with your mother-in-law or an evening glass of wine at the bar with a shared plate of Italian delicacies, Bacco is an authentic yet modernistic Italian culinary experience, one experience I will remember.

Level 2, QVB Building, 455 George Street, Sydney – Phone: (02) 9223 9552 – www.bacco.com.au

Hours: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days a week from 8am.

Pros: Perfectly Italian. The food is so fresh, the word fresh can’t even describe it’s freshness. Deliciously authentic. Enthusiastic staff. Well priced. The Ricotta Ravioli is to die for.

Cons: My obesity – I’d eat there every day if I could and finish off every meal with a massive and amazing dessert!

Pricing: Breakfast for $4.50 to $16, Lunch & Dinner $14 – $32, Desserts- $15, Cocktails $15, high tea from $33 – $47.

Final say: I love this place. I’d quite easily become a regular of Bacco!

Check out all the fabulousness that went on at the launch party right HERE!

Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, QVB

Who’s Too Funky? George Michael Is Too Funky!

April 6th, 2010

CARTOON TOO FUNKY HOTTIE

Sensational Multi Number One album & single selling solo singer and funky frontman for ’80′s supergroup WHAM! who recently completed his worldwide 114 show tour in Australia… GEORGE MICHAEL!

FUN FACT: George Michael’s final single for his publishing deal with Sony Music before starting legal action to extricate himself from his contract was TOO FUNKY, the music video of which featured supermodels Linda Evangelista, Tyra Banks, Beverly Peele, Estelle Lefébure and Nadja Auermann strutting a fashion show catwalk in outrageous outfit creations by fabulous French designer Thierry Mugler.

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